Former Spurs man Toby Alderweireld scores stunning late equaliser to seal Royal Antwerp’s first title in 66 years
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Former Tottenham Hotspur star Toby Alderweireld scored a stunning late equaliser to help Royal Antwerp clinch their first league title in 66 years.
34-year-old Alderweireld first arrived in English football when he joined Southampton on loan from Atletico Madrid in 2014.
After impressing with the Siants, Spurs signed the Belgian defender in 2015. After a six-year stayed that included an appearance in the Champions League final, Alderweireld left English football and signed for Qatari side Al-Duhail in 2021.
At the start of the 22/23 season, Alderweireld joined his hometown club Antwerp on a three-year deal.
On Sunday, Antwerp needed a draw or a victory to win their first Belgian Pro League title since 1957.
Against Genk, they found themselves 2-1 down after Bryan Heynen netted in the 75th minute.
As the match entered added time, the situation looked bleak for Antwerp.
However, in true fairytale style, Alderweireld managed to find the net with an incredible effort from the edge of the penalty area to make it 2-2 in the fourth minute of stoppage time.
That goal was enough to end Antwerp’s 66-year wait for a league title.
An all-time great football moment. Toby Alderweireld joined hometown club Royal Antwerp last summer, as he always promised he would. Tonight, he has won them their first league title since 1957 with this incredible strike vs Genk in the 94th minute! pic.twitter.com/KIysphCZKk— Colin Millar (@Millar_Colin) June 4, 2023
In total, Alderweireld has made 47 appearances this season for Antwerp as they managed to complete a domestic double.
Last month, the Belgian revealed that he and his family were on the end of some sickening abuse.
He said: “Everything has limits. I can take quite a bit, but threatening my family is beyond me.
“I don't understand why you write this and what you want to achieve with this.”
The post that Alderweireld referred to said: “This week your daughter is missing. You can't win without the ref on your side, great big cancer.
“You f***** up the entire World Cup for the Red Devils because you're so f****** slow and s***, you f****** son of a b***h. Inshallah your family dies.”